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See below for a selection of the latest books from Television category. Presented with a red border are the Television books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Television books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!
The CW's hit adaptation of Supergirl is tailor-made for pop culture criticism and scholarship in the post-#MeToo era. The series features a new take on the classic DC character of Supergirl, updating it for a new audience and the modern moment. With a diverse collection of female characters, it explores different versions of the female experience. No single character embodies a feminist ideal; rather, each character represents certain attributes of the contemporary feminist conversation. This essay collection uses a similar approach, inviting a diverse group of scholars to propose answers to the many questions about gender roles and female agency raised in the series. Fourth-wave feminist theories help elucidate the ways Supergirl exhibits and challenges current sexual politics. Essays analyze how the series engages with conversations about feminism and crafting female identities, Supergirl's impact on queer audiences and queer studies, and how families and familial bonds craft the show's feminist narratives, among other topics. In the ever-growing superhero television genre, Supergirl remains unique as viewers watch a female hero with almost godlike powers face the same struggles as the non-superpowered women in the series.
A mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher turned ruthless drug lord. An unassuming wife turned money launderer. One of the most addictive and dangerous illegal drugs in America turned designer blue. For five seasons, Breaking Bad captured the villains in all of us. If mild-mannered Walter White (Emmy award-winner Bryan Cranston) could transform himself into the terrifying Heisenberg, what could we become, not for better, but for much, much worse. Every season. Every episode. Every utterance of Jesse saying b----! We'll follow the rise of Heisenberg and his Shakespearean character arc, look at every bit of foreshadowing, and analyse every song choice. Show runner Vince Gilligan created one of the most complicated television dramas in history and even changed the way people viewed show runners, giving them Hollywood director-level status. This book will explore what made Breaking Bad so great
The West Wing, first broadcast in 1999, is thought by many to have been one of the most significant dramas shown on network television. Despite its overly idealized depiction of American political life, and blatant contradictions in the way we consider America, its values, its aspirations, and its behavior in the world, The West Wing nonetheless succeed in attaining popular national and international aesthetic appeal.This book aspires to explain the appeal of the show by considering issues such as race, religion, sexuality, disability, and education--from both a practical and theoretical perspective--through the lenses of feminism, gender theory, Marxism, psychoanalytical theories, structuralism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, postmodernist approaches and more. These new interrogations of The West Wing seek to offer more informative and more revealing readings of one of the most significant television productions of recent times.
Go behind the scenes of Altered Carbon in this exclusive collection of art. Packed with concept art, final designs, and artist commentary plus previously unseen storyboards. Awaken into the cyberpunk world of Skydance's Altered Carbon. Stacks - implanted chips that store human consciousness - have made death obsolete. When Envoy Takeshi Kovacs finds himself sleeved in an unfamiliar body and assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy businessman, he begins to uncover the seedy underbelly of a society where death is no longer permanent. This richly detailed and beautiful coffee table book takes readers from the glittering Aerium to the gritty streets of Bay City. Featuring development art, stills, set photos, storyboards, and VFX builds from the first two seasons, plus interviews with cast and crew. Altered Carbon: The Art and Making of the Series will bring readers into this visually stunning futuristic world where technology has transformed mortality.
In unabashed celebration of Captain James T. Kirk's singular fighting skills, Star Trek: Kirk Fu Manual is every Starfleet cadet's must-have training guide for surviving the final frontier. As captain of the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise, James T. Kirk engaged in his share of fisticuffs, besting opponents with a slick combination of moves and guile that remains unmatched. Is there anyone you'd rather have watching your back as you take on Klingons, alien gladiators, genetically engineered supermen, and even the occasional giant walking reptile? Kirk Fu is a series of unarmed combat techniques developed by one of Starfleet's most celebrated starship captains over several years of exploring deep space. A blend of various fighting styles, Kirk Fu incorporates elements of several Earth-based martial arts forms as well as cruder methods employed in bars and back alleys on planets throughout the galaxy. It is as unorthodox in practice as it is unbelievable to behold. Including excerpts from Kirk's own notes and personal logs, the Star Trek: Kirk Fu Manual is the perfect training guide for surviving the depths of space. With proper training and practice, every Starfleet cadet can become one with Kirk Fu.
CBS's The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) remains a benchmark of serious telefantasy and one of the most iconic series in the history of American television. Barry Keith Grant carefully situates The Twilight Zone within the history of broadcast television and American culture, both of which were changing dramatically during the five seasons the series originally aired. At the same time, the genres of science fiction, horror, and fantasy were moving from marginal to mainstream, a cultural shift that The Twilight Zone was both part of and largely responsible for. Grant begins by considering The Twilight Zone's use of genre conventions and iconography to craft its pithy parables. The show shared visual shorthand that addressed both older audiences familiar with Hollywood movies but unfamiliar with fantasy and science fiction as well as younger audiences more attuned to these genres. Rod Serling looms large in the book as the main creative force of The Twilight Zone, and Grant explains how he provided the show's artistic vision and its place within the various traditions of the fantastic. Tracing motifs and themes in numerous episodes, Grant demonstrates how The Twilight Zone functioned as an ideal example of collective authorship that powerfully expressed both timeless terrors and the anxieties of the age, such as the Cold War, in thought-provoking fantasy. Grant argues that the imaginary worlds offered by the show ultimately endorse the Americanism it simultaneously critiques. The striking blending of the fantastic and the familiar that Grant identifies in The Twilight Zone reflected Serling's goal of offering serious stories in a genre that had previously been targeted only to juvenile television audiences. Longtime fans of the show and new viewers of Jordan Peele's 2019 reboot alike will enjoy this deep dive into the original series' history, style, and significance.
When David Tennant took over as the Tenth Doctor in 2005, the rejuvenated science fiction series was still in its infancy, having just completed its first series. Under the direction of showrunner Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who had burst back onto our screens after a lengthy absence and while it was more popular than ever, there was always a question of how audiences would react to one of the show's central concepts - the regeneration of the lead character itself. Fortunately, the casting of Tennant proved to be an inspired choice. Armed with nothing more than a pinstripe suit, a pair of plimsolls and a sonic screwdriver, he proved to be more than a match for the Cybermen, the Ood and the dreaded Daleks. And as companions entered and left the Tardis, Doctor Who became one of the BBC's biggest programmes all over the world. Now, more than 10 years after his final episode, The End of Time, this unofficial book aims to examine the enduring popularity of the Tenth Doctor, with comprehensive reviews for all of David Tennant's episodes, behind the scenes trivia and a guide to some of the locations that were used to create a television legend. Don't leave the constellation of Kasterborous without it!
The phrase 'cultural phenomenon' is sometimes over-used, but its relevance to the TV series Sherlock is undeniable. Few shows have been the subject of discussion between the UK's Prime Minister and Chinese fans; few have found such a devoted fanbase almost overnight; and few have attracted hordes of viewers to watch their location filming. This is the first book to explore the hit series in relation to adaptation studies, TV aesthetics and stardom. It also delves into industry, audience and academic discussions of 'quality' TV, approaching 'quality' as a combination of emotional investments and genre-like classifications - this is drama that matters to fans, journalists, academics, producers, TV executives, social media mavens and casual viewers. The book's final part focuses on fan practices, exploring how Tumblr and the Twitter hashtag #Setlock play vital roles. Sherlock fandom is highly diverse, and Sherlock: Detecting Quality TV develops an original theory of trans-fandom alongside breaking new ground in quality TV debates.